DACC trustees to vote on buying computer equipment

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College officials hope to make major improvements to technology across campus this summer.

On Tuesday, college trustees will vote on whether to buy $250,027 worth of computer equipment from Y&S Technologies of the Brooklyn borough of New York. The equipment would include 257 Lenovo desktop computers, 207 monitors and 62 laptops.

Georgetown superintendent ending 27 years with district

GEORGETOWN – Kevin Tate is retiring on June 30 after 27 years with the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district, the last 13 of them as superintendent. He has accomplished many goals, but is leaving one unmet.

"I thought that when I got into education, I would teach high school math," Tate said. "But the jobs that were available when I entered the field were at the junior-high level. I never did teach high school math."

Grant-funded program brings library to Fair Oaks children

DANVILLE – Zekina Thompson's younger children, 5-year-old Elrico and 4-year-old Kayla, enjoy visiting the Danville Public Library, but the trips don't happen too often.

That's because their mother, a Fair Oaks resident, doesn't have a car or the money for the bus ride across town.

Orpheum renovating auditorium, seeking expansion funds

CHAMPAIGN – The Orpheum Children's Science Museum doesn't have specific plans at this point of precisely how it would use the $500,000 proposed in the state capital bill for expansion.

But the museum would like to expand to the north with a multistory building perhaps two or three years down the road, said Sonya Darter, the museum's executive director.

Germ Buster camp gives kids weapons against flu

CHAMPAIGN – To fight off a flu pandemic that may get a lot nastier in the fall, it's going to take an army of kids who know how to put a germ in its place.

Kids like Eunice Patton, 7, of Urbana, who already knows exactly what she's going to say to people when she spots them about to spread yucky germs on their hands to their mouths:

2 longtime UI workers elected to SURS board

CHAMPAIGN – Two veteran University of Illinois employees elected to the new board of the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois want to see more responsibility and transparency in the board's operation.

The system manages pension funds for about 70 state universities, including the UI, as well as community colleges and some state agencies. It provides services for more than 180,000 workers and retirees.

Danville class aims to turn kids into local history buffs

DANVILLE – Like many of her peers, Sunny Strader had passed by the Fischer Theatre in downtown Danville numerous times without giving it a thought.

Then this spring, the Danville High School student and other members of the school's Local History Club stepped inside the local landmark. They learned about its beginning in 1884 as the Grand Opera House and the many performers who graced its stage. They also learned about the city's unsuccessful attempt to raze it, and the Vermilion Heritage Foundation's ongoing efforts to restore it as a working theater.

Champaign County Board votes to authorize school sales tax

URBANA – Champaign County Board members voted 18-4 Thursday night to authorize a new countywide sales tax to be used exclusively for school construction and building rehabilitation.

Champaign bookmobile gets a summer reprieve

CHAMPAIGN – For Marian McPhee, a woman with a disability, and Emma Jackson, an 8-year-old girl who likes to get books from the Champaign bookmobile, a decision made by the library board Thursday is a happy epilogue.

Annoying but safer mosquito will predominate this summer

With all this rain, it's hunting season for hungry mosquitoes. While you may be multiply bitten, these biters aren't the disease-carrying kind.

University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon said almost-daily rains have created a bumper crop of Aedes vexans, the inland floodwater mosquito.